Friday, January 22, 2010
Strings Attached donating online music sales to StandwithHaiti.org
Will Taylor announced today that he and his group, Strings Attached, will donate 100% of net proceeds from all January online music sales to Partners In Health, via their Stand With Haiti campaign, to support medical relief work in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
"This evening I briefly checked the internet to make an attempt at some understanding of what has happened down there. We're all shocked atthe extent of destruction and feel there is no time to waste in responding with help," says Taylor.
Rather than making a flat donation of money toward relief work in Haiti, Taylor says he wanted to leverage the impact he could make by involving passionate supporters of the Strings Attached community.
Taylor settled on Partners In Health / Stand With Haiti to receive the fundson the recommendation of his wife’s friend, a midwife in Haiti, who praisedPIH for their long-term dedication and trustworthiness.
Partners In Health (PIH) has been providing vital health care services in Haiti for more than 20 years and has over 100 doctors, 600 nurses and 4,000 employees on the ground in Haiti working from 10 existing PIH hospitals to provide relief services to those affected by Tuesday’s earthquake.
PIH surgical teams are currently located in Port-au-Prince, St Marc, Cange, Hinche, and Belladere and medical teams are also located elsewhere.
A Multi-instrumentalist and the founding member of String Attached, Will Taylor grew up in Austin, soaking up the local music scene.
Originated in 1999, Strings Attached is known for blurring the lines between musical styles from jazz to rock to classical to folk, especially in its collaborations with artists from across the musical spectrum, such as Eliza Gilkyson, Pearl Jam, Shawn Colvin, Jimmy La Fave, Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Members of the ensemble have shared the stage with musical giants from Pavarotti to Leonard Cohen.
Taylor’s most recent album, Acoustic Rubber Soul, features the group’s signature unplugged style applied to classic Beatles songs. The album was recorded live before a studio audience last August with the musicians performing around one high resolution microphone, not unlike bands in the 30's and 40's.
The unique character created with acoustic string instrumentation is an experience fans of diverse musical tastes can enjoy.
Other albums available online as part of this fund-raising effort include:
All Beatles Covers Live. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Songs of Leonard Cohen Live, A Live Tribute to Led Zeppelin, A Bride's Collection of Traditional Classical Wedding Music, Will Taylor with Strings Attached and Back to the Garden: A Tribute to Joni Mitchell
Knowing that 100% of the net proceeds from their purchase of Will Taylor and Strings Attached music online this month will go to support PIH / Stand With Haiti should give fans and new listeners alike the pleasure of multi-faceted music plus an extra dose
of harmony with the universe to go with it.